The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare

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by Aesop, Mark Pennington
     
 

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When the speedy hare teases the slow and steady tortoise, he is challenged to a race. Will he be fast enough to beat the tortoise? Find the moral to Aesop's fable in the easy-to-read, brilliantly illustrated Short Tales Fable The Tortoise and the Hare. Short Tales is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Publishing Group. Grades 1-4. See more details below

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When the speedy hare teases the slow and steady tortoise, he is challenged to a race. Will he be fast enough to beat the tortoise? Find the moral to Aesop's fable in the easy-to-read, brilliantly illustrated Short Tales Fable The Tortoise and the Hare. Short Tales is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Publishing Group. Grades 1-4.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jody Little
This retelling of Aesop's classic fable "The Tortoise and the Hare" is written in a straightforward and simple style. With only one sentence on each two-page spread, beginner readers will not feel overwhelmed with text. Unfortunately, the author adds nothing creative to the story to make it feel modern. The black-outlined illustrations are colorful, detailed, and include an element of texture, but the characters' expressions are often unpleasant. In most illustrations the tortoise looks tough and angry, a stark difference to the easy-going, soft-spoken tortoise from Aesop's original fable. The Hare's expressions are arrogant and often cruel, and his stature looks more human than hare, which makes him completely unlikable. Because there is not enough emphasis on the actual race and the slow and steady progress of the tortoise, young readers or listeners may not grasp the stated moral. As written and illustrated, the moral might be interpreted as: don't lie down and nap in the middle of a race. Reviewer: Jody Little
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
Designed for beginning readers, this "Ready-to-Read" book uses simple, repetitive language and colorful, witty illustrations to recount the popular tale about the race between a slow, steady turtle and a fast, boastful rabbit. This predictable story not only introduces youngsters to clever characters and a funny plot, but it also teaches a valuable lesson about perseverance.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1Miles's introduction informs parents that "old stories" are good for new readers because of their use of familiar story lines and repetitive words. The author then uses these techniques in her retelling of this classic Aesop fable, using only dialogue, keeping the words to a minimum, and repeating certain phrases throughout. While the tale itself remains unchanged, this version has a modern bent to it, expressed primarily through the cartoon illustrations. All of the animals are dressed in colorful clothing, except for Tortoise, who wears nothing but his shell and a pair of sneakers. They all sport letters on their chests (Tortoise wears a `T,' Hare an `H,' and Bear a `B") except for Fox, who has his whole name on his shirt. These cleverly placed clues will help children remember what letter each animal's name starts with. Amusing details include Tortoise's little round glasses perched on the end of his nose and the banners that cheer on the racers. A great choice for beginning readers to tackle on their own.Dina Sherman, Brooklyn Children's Museum, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The well-known fable is economized in a Ready-to-Read edition from Miles (see review, above); the events of the race now take place entirely in dialogue, sometimes in a Dick-and-Jane staccato. Quotation marks and speech bubbles have been abandoned in favor of brief blocks of text placed in proximity to each animal speaker. Once the race begins, it's not long before Hare settles into a nap; a night and a day later, bespectacled, sneaker-wearing Tortoise is still plodding along, slow but steady, coaching himself—"One step, another step. One step and another" until he takes first place. Meisel's whimsical, uncluttered line drawings fit the format well, bright enough to attract attention and to express action. Larger animal characters sport T-shirts with identifying letters—H for Hare, B for Bear—while a cheering section of smaller creatures displays banners proclaiming "Yippee" and "Hooray," highlighting the tale with humor. (Picture book. 5-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602705555
Publisher:
Magic Wagon
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Short Tales Fables Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 Years

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